It was a long, painful process, but it’s done and I couldn’t be happier. Usually, when I finish a project, I have a hard time seeing past all of the little mistakes I made along the way. I don’t really have that problem with this particular blouse. I credit that to the fact that I really took my time. I even put it down for a couple of weeks because I was growing frustrated with it and I didn’t want to rush into a bunch of mistakes just to get it over with. I’m glad I took my time, and I’m glad I built up the courage to finally make something out of this exquisite Japanese lawn, such fine material deserves to be made and worn.
This is a detail of the pintucks and lace insertions that went into making the yoke of the blouse. I worked in this for four hours per day for around a week. It was exhausting. I can’t count how many times I burned my fingers making each of those blasted little pintucks.
I was anxious about the whole thing until I got the lace collar on. I really wasn’t buying it until I added that little detail.
The whole look, complete with my skirt! This picture was taken on the formerly-grant staircase in my building, (you stand around for 100 years and we’ll see how well you hold up.) I’m wearing a very plain straw hat because I thought I looked silly without something on my head. I’ve grown so familiar with how people dressed back in the 1900s that I just didn’t feel comfortable without a hat, even if it’s floppy and plain.
I love this whole look, I think it’s exactly what I’m going for. What would I have looked like if I was alive in 1917? I believe this is pretty much it. A working-class girl doing the best she can with whatever she can get her hands on.